street luge

street luge

noun Sports.
1.
the sport of racing down a paved incline on a wheeled sled, in a supine position.
2.
the sled itself.
Also, streetluge.


Origin:
1975–80; street + luge

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street luge
 
n
the sport of descending a steep road or track on a large type of skateboard on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first

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Main Entry:  street luge
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the recreation of sledding on an inclined dry surface in a specially made toboggan; also called land luge, luge road racing
Example:  Street luges have been clocked moving faster than 80 mph, with the rider lying mere inches from the pavement.
Etymology:  1950-2000
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street luge

In the 1990s so-called alternative sports made inroads into the imagination and recreation time of people around the world--but especially in the United States. Figures from the National Sporting Goods Association showed a decline in participation by Americans in traditional sports, including football and baseball, in favour of such new sports as in-line skating and snowboarding. Even "extreme" sports, the playground of adrenaline junkies, high-speed addicts, and alterna-athletes, were becoming more mainstream in 1997 than ever before

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